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Quvar BG:
> >> mu'tlheghvam vIchenmoHlaH neH:
> >
> > When {neH} follows the verb, it means that you can "just verb" something,
> > and do nothing else.

>That's not quite right.  When /neH/ follows a verb, is trivializes the verb.
>   mu'tlheghvam vIchenmoHlaH.
>   I can make this sentence.
>   mu'tlheghvam vIchenmoHlaH neH.
>   I can merely make this sentence (as opposed to doing something more
>   important).

TKD (p. 56f.):

   One word fits somewhat awkwardly into this category: {neH} "only, 
merely, just".
   Unlike the other adverbials, it follows the verb which it modifies. The 
   effect is one of trivializing the action:
     qama' vIqIppu' neH
      "I merely hit the prisoner." [ opposed to killing him (Voragh)]
     Duj yIQotlh neH
      "Just disable the ship!" [i.e. as opposed to destroying it (Voragh)]

More examples from canon:

qo'mey Sar charghtaHvIS chaH Dat tlhIngan may'Duj luleghDI' neH qIb nganpu' 
  may'Duj 'ej ghIjpu' 'oH.  nIteb ghIjpu' je Deghvam
this symbol grew to become as feared throughout the galaxy as the menacing 
  of their battlecruisers. SP1

yIQeqQo' neH.  DoS yIqIp!
Don't just aim; hit the target! TKW

roD 'oHvaD juHqo' ponglu' neH.
[It (Kronos)] is usually referred to as simply "The Homeworld." S27

> > When it follows a noun, then it means "only that noun", and not another
> > noun.

TKD (p. 56f.):

   Also unlike the other adverbials, {neH} can follow a noun. In such 
cases, it means
   "only, alone".
     yaS neH
      "only the officer, the officer alone"
     jonta' neH
      "only the engine"

More examples:

matHa', DoS jonta' neH
Gunner: target engine only. ST3

baHwI' DoS yIbuS. QuQ neH. yaj'a'?
Gunner: Target engine only - Understood? ST3

yIvbeHlIj neH DapoSmoH vIneH.
The only thing I want you to open is your blouse. (MO's ST5 notes)

Hagh qoHpu' neH HeghtaHvIS SuvwI'pu'
Only fools laugh while warriors die. PK

not qoHpu''e' neH ghIjlu'
Only fools have no fear. TKW

meQtaHbogh qachDaq Suv qoH neH
Only a fool fights in a burning house. TKW

Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH
Brute strength is not the most important asset in a fight. TKW

'ang'eghQo' quv Hutlhbogh jagh neH ghobtaHvIS ghaH
Only an enemy without honor refuses to show himself in battle. TKW

wa' DoS neH yIbuS
Focus on but one target. TKW

HIvbe' qoHpu' neH
Only fools don't attack. TKW

Hegh neH chav qoH
A fool's only achievement is death. TKW

Voragh                            "Damage control is easy. Reading 
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons      hard!"         (Montgomery Scott to 
Kirk, STIV)

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